NYC Syringe Exchange Programs have significant opportunities to provide a wide variety of male condoms to participants at no cost. Utilizing some savvy ordering techniques through amfAR, NYCDOH and NYSDOH programs can find themselves with over 12 different types of male condoms.
To order condoms through NYCDOH’s Expanded Condom Program*:
- Fill out this order form: NYCDOH Alternative Male Condom Order Form
- Scan and email to Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any problems call Regina, 347-396-7743
- The minimum order is three cases (cases are 1,000 each) and maximum is 14.
- Generally orders go in at the end of the month and realistically take about 3-4 weeks to be processed.
- NYCDOH will provide trainings on-site for your staff, please contact Regina (above) for more information.
*The information, order form and contact information here may be out of date. If you have difficulty and need assistance please email email@example.com [6/3/13]
Check out these tips from the St. James Infirmary Occupational Health & Safety Manual (3rd Ed, 2010). The manual is written by and for Sex Workers but is also highly applicable for non-trade sex.
Condom breakage is most likely to occur for the following reasons:
-The condom has passed its expiration date or has been stored incorrectly. Please store in a dry, cool and dark area.
-The condom is torn or damaged by a fingernail or jewelery during application or use.
-Insufficient lubricant has been used- particularly in anal sex or just before menstruation when the vagina can be drier than usual. Lubricant should be reapplied on the outside of the condom as needed.
-Oil based lubricant has been used. Only water-based lubricant should be used with latex condom and dams.
-If the sexual act is of particularly long duration or with repeated sex acts througout the day.
Condom slippage may occur:
-If the insertive partner does not have the condom rolled on all the way to the base of the penis.
-If the insertive partner fails to hold on to the end of the condom at the base of the penis while withdrawing.
-If the insertive partner’s penis is only semi erect or flaccid.
-If the insertive parter’s penis is small and/or thin, or flared.
-During sexual acts of particularly long duration.
-If the insertive parter has climaxed (cum) and continues to penetrate without changing the condom.
To avoid condom breakage and slippage the sex-worker should:
-Apply a small amount of lube to the tip of the penis prior to rolling the condom on- it will feel better for the client and prevent breakage. It also can expedite orgasm.
-Make sure that the condom has been put on properly- squeeze the tip of the condom while unrolling it onto an erect penis or dildo, completely down to the base.
-Before starting a service ensure that a variety of sizes and types of condoms and water-based lubricant are close at hand.
Regularly (every 5-10 minutes) check that the condom is still on, or that the insertive partner has not cum into the condom (re-lubrication is a good excuse to stop the service and check the condom).
-Watch your back! If performing “doggie-style” regularly reach around and manually feel that the condom is still on his penis.
-Become familiar with what a condom breaking and a broken condom feels like- possibly by discussing it with other workers who have experienced it. (pp. 18-20)